Jesse Edwin Bowen

Jesse Edwin Bowen was the son of William Booker Bowen and Ada Evelyn Smith. He was born on 25 Dec 1903 in Decatur, Texas. In February 1929 at the age of twenty-five years, Jesse married eighteen year old Eleanor Erma Van Dusen in Gallup, New Mexico where he worked as an undertaker in a funeral parlour. Later Jesse worked for the railroad. He was the father of nine children. Jesse passed away on 9 Feb 1996 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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J. R. Findsen

Bowen Family Portrait

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L to R: Walter A. Bowen, William Booker Bowen, Ruby Gene Bowen, Faybelle Bowen Campbell, Merle G. Campbell (little girl), Jesse Edwin Bowen, Luanda Bowen, Catherine Campbell, Roscoe Campbell.


This Bowen family picture dates circa 1922. The location is most likely in Wise County, Texas.

Walter A Bowen and William Booker Bowen are brothers. They are sons of William Woodson Bowen who fought for the Confederate Army during the American Civil War and Mary Jane Goss.

Faybelle, Jesse, Ruby Gene, and Luanda are siblings. The only one missing from the picture is Carl Booker Bowen.

Roscoe Campbell is Faybelle’s husband, and the two little girls Merle and Catherine are her daughters.




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Jesse Edwin Bowen Birth Record


Jesse Edwin Bowen was my great paternal grandfather. Born on 25 December 1903 in Decatur, Wise County, Texas, he was the son of William Booker Bowen and Ada Evaline Smith. Although my memories of Great-grandpa Bowen are few, I remember him to be a quiet and gentle man who loved walnuts. In my memory walnuts and him go together. Here is his birth record.


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J. R. Lowe